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The Lottery Rose [Mass Market Paperback]

Irene Hunt
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Oct. 1 1986
Abused by his mother and her boyfriend, Georgie Burgess learns to hide his hurt. When Georgie wins a small rosebush in a grocery store lottery, he gives it all the love and caring he has never had. His life begins to open up when the courts send him to a home for boys where he will be safe. Slowly, and not without pain, Georgie learns to give--and to receive love.

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“A deeply affecting, affirmative story.” Booklist
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Irene Hunt is the author of many distinguished books for young people. Her first novel, Across Five Aprils, was a Newberry Honor Book and received a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. For her second novel, Up a Road Slowly, Ms. Hunt was awarded the Newberry Medal. Ms. Hunt was born in southern Illinois and has received degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado. For many years she taught in the public schools of northern Illinois, and later she taught psychology at the University of South Dakota. Ms. Hunt now lives in Florida.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart touching and eye opening May 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Abused, neglected, an appearance to match your life and deprived of happiness and love, little Georgie Burgess redefines the meaning of tough in the novel The Lottery Rose. Your mother is drowned in a sea of alcohol every night and there is no defense for you withstand the menacing blows of her boyfriend those were just some of Georgie's daily issues. There was also his lack of understanding in school, an outside porch to sleep on, and never enough food to eat in the kitchen.
It was a miracle Georgie could manage to stay alive under the circumstances he was forced to live in. However Georgie found a way to hide his hurt and disguise his pain. Instead of running away from home Georgie ran away to the garden and got to feel true happiness with the roses. He had once received a lottery card from a sympathetic employee at the corner market, the prize was a bundle of small dried out roses that Georgie adored and claimed it was the best present in the world when he won them. Georgie knew his mother's boyfriend Steve would not agree with Georgie's present considering he once strangled a small kitten Georgie brought home. Georgie drove Steve crazy and his anger reached its pinnacle when Georgie would scream shrieks of terror every time he saw Steve. One night Steve decided he wasn't going to take it anymore and beat Georgie unconscious. He was shortly rescued by a group of strangers trying to convince him he was going to be ok.
Georgie's real life experience didn't really start until he had left the hospital and his old home and was now under the care of Sister Mary Angela in a private religious school out in the middle of nowhere. Georgie started there as an outcast and very shy of his friendly surroundings.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good idea, but unbelievable Feb. 12 2003
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As a school assignment, I had to read a book and write a report on it. As I looked through the fiction shelf in our school library, "The Lottery Rose" really stood out. A young, abused boy slowly learning how to love and be loved, all the while a sickly rosebush reflecting his hopes, dreams, and fears. What a great idea. I mean, what could be more touching? Unfortunately, Irene Hunt pretty much ruins the whole book. She does a terrible job with the characters and the plot, the two basic components in a story. She does a good job describing Robin, the retarded boy, but that's about it. The characters are about as unrealistic as possible. The adults are either completely perfect or completely cruel, and the 7- and 8-year-old children are one-sided and talk and act like they were about twice their age. Also, the plot is unrealistic. In a period of a year or so, Georgie goes from being scared and abused to being like a normal kid his age. Irene Hunt, being a psychologist, should know better than anyone how long the healing process takes for an abused child. As a whole, this book is pretty bad. I strongly do not recommend reading this book, no matter how tempting the back cover sounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is impossible to hate! Dec 26 2002
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This book is very sad but at times very heart-warming. It brought tears to my eyes. I'm going to order it and read it over. I read it in fifth grade when I was eleven, and I had one of the best book experiences that I ever had. This book is: sad, emotional, happy at times, and very interesting. The ending though was so confusing. How Georgie gave something up that was so precious to him. I won't give the book away, because that's not fun. This book has some abuse in it, but that really makes you look at life better. I've read reviews that said that there is too much abuse, and it just isn't a big deal. I think that books that make you cry, and touch you so deaply, can make you look at life better. This book is so wonderful that it feels as if it's real life, well this story could happen, really. Read this book, it is so great. I don't know how anyone can hate it, it's just not possinle. three *... stars is as low as it can go. I really want to buy this book again, and read it over and over. I never get tired of it, and I'm sure you won't either. Very Good book. Unlike any other. If you don't read it, you'll feel so bad, because it's so good. Just put a bucket in front of you incase you cry, and three boxes of tissues next to you. I cried because of the sad parts in it, I cried because it ended. Such a sad story. And if there are any parents reading this right now, well you don't have to worry about a thing. This book is great for kids. (It may even get them to behave better! I bet you'll love that) It really made me behave better. This book really moved me, and I'm sure it will move you completely. But don't forget the tissues and the buckets, You'll need it later trust me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very heart-warming story Dec 26 2002
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This book is so good. Like many people I thought that it would be boring because of its' title and cover. Well never do that. This book was so good, that it beat most of the books I've read with beautiful and colorful covers. I can't get my friend to read it, because she does not like the title, but I'm trying, she does not know how deaply this book could touch you, and it touched my hearts very core. Let me tell you: I cried, I felt sad, and I cried some more when I read this. It litteraly brought tears to my eyes when I read it. Whenever Georgie Burgess was abused by his drunk mother and her (BOYFRIEND) I felt so sad for him. And the ending was so unexpected, and it was shocking, but it was not a very good one, well it was for Georgie because he had a home, but not for some people. And with my hearts very core I recomend this book. Let me tell you something, read Harry Potter for the fantasy person in you, read The Fledgling, for the emotional part of you. And read THE LOTTERY ROSE for the emotional and spiritual side of you. This was a very touching book. But come prepared, why don't you bring a box of tissues with you while you read this book. Or maybe two. Well goodbuy, Now that I've convinced you, I need to convince my best friend. Wish me luck,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just Perfect
I would have to say that this book is the best book that I have read in my whole life! The first time I read this book was in fifth grade, and I remembered everything about it. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003 by Katie Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever!
OMGosh this book is THE best book I have ever read! It is so touching even to a 13 year old such as myself. I was given this book by an older friend. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2002 by *lil ashie*
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and haunting
When seven-year-old Georgie is beaten nearly to death by his mother and her boyfriend, the police take him out of his home and put him in a Catholic boarding school for boys. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2002 by Meaghan
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Book Ever
I read this book as what is called a "choice book". I didn't even want to finish it. I read No Promises in the Wind, also by Irene Hunt but enjoyed that book. Read more
Published on June 15 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Graphic Violence and Horrific Child Abuse
The violence and child abuse described in this book are horrific. Nothing is left to the imagination: a young boy is beaten almost to death, starved, tied up and locked in a... Read more
Published on May 17 2002 by Corrine Kenner
3.0 out of 5 stars Abuseing story
BY: Irene Hunt
reviewed by: Abdiweli Hussein
Have you ever been abused by your parents? well,Georgie Burgess has, and learns to hide his hurt. Read more
Published on May 6 2002 by Abdiweli Hussein
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't add much to what other reviewers found.
This book was a worthy read that I am presenting to a nephew. While the story is sentimental in nature, it presents a strong morality and a good adventure. Read more
Published on April 17 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Lottery Rose- Review
The conflict in the story was about a boy named Goergie getting abused by his mom and step dad. Goergie changed during the story because Goergie learns to be kind and gives love... Read more
Published on March 20 2002 by Delila Juncaj
4.0 out of 5 stars Bbills
In The Lottery Rose, after Georgie was beaten and neglected by his mother and her boyfriend,he was sent to a home for boys where he debates whithin himself if he should trust the... Read more
Published on March 7 2002 by c erickson
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